||The purpose of this EIS is to develop and implement an elk management strategy compatible with the long-term protection and preservation of park resources. This EIS is needed to address the rapid increase of the Park elk population from the 47 reintroduced to the South Unit of the Park in 1985, to the approximately 900 that occur there today. Larger populations of elk could, over the long-term, negatively affect plant communities and other resources as a result of overgrazing. Large elk populations could also negatively affect other herbivores present in the South Unit by competing for forage. Other considerations include land use and users outside the Park, including livestock grazing, hunting, and agriculture; visitors to the Park; and the ability of the Park to effectively manage resources.
Upon conclusion of the plan/EIS and decision-making process, one of the alternatives, or a combination of actions from multiple alternatives, would become the elk management plan and guide future actions for a period of 15 years or until conditions necessitate the plan be revised.
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